Putting the ingredients together for the first rise takes 10 minutes. Mix it together before you settle in for the night and you can bake it in the morning. Or mix it together in the morning for a fresh loaf with supper. Having guests over....How about Super Bowl Sunday?....A Cheddar Cheese loaf alone or with a bowl of chili OR an Olive Loaf drizzled with good olive oil & a sprinkle of salt will be the hit of the party. Need a gift? What host wouldn't love a warm loaf of bread? Go Crazy! Go Homemade! Go and bake this wonderful bread. And Remember To Make Memories At The Table.
3 cups Flour (Bread or AP)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
12 oz cool tap water
1 small can (2 1/4 oz) Black Olives, drain well
3 oz stuffed ( pimento) Green Olives, drain well
3 1/2 oz pitted Kalamata Olives, drain well
1 teaspoon of dried Rosemary
OR dried Thyme (optional)
In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt, instant yeast. Mix. Then add all the chopped olives and any optional herbs you desire. Mix. Pour water into dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl, too. This will take just a minute or two. The dough will be wet and sticky. That's it! Cover bowl with plastic wrap then a towel to help warm the bowl. Let it "sleep" and rise for 8 to 24 hours.
Generously flour work station (counter or wooden board). Flour your hands and remove dough from the bowl and fold once or twice. No kneading! Next, shape the dough into a ball by quickly folding right side to center, left side to center, top to center & bottom to center, and pat into a round shape.
Now...it must rise a second time either on floured counter with a floured, cotton towel covering dough. OR let rise in a bowl dusted with flour or coated lightly with olive oil....Or in a non-stick 8" frying pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 to 2 hours in a draft-free environment.
Set timer for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, place baking vessel WITH lid in a cold oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Baking vessel should be in oven for 30 minutes until very hot.
Carefully remove hot baking vessel to counter.
Dust inside with flour OR place a piece of parchment paper inside vessel. Be careful not to burn yourself!
Dump dough into vessel and give it a shake.
With a kitchen scissor, snip top of dough in two or three spots.
Put lid on vessel and put vessel in hot oven.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover & bake 5 to 15 minutes depending on how dark or light you want the bread to be.